MA towns rocked by 20 MASSIVE explosions - One dead 13 injured

US At least 70 fires blasts reported in three towns of Boston mass evacuations under way

US At least 70 fires blasts reported in three towns of Boston mass evacuations under way

Columbia Gas of MA, the NiSource unit responsible for the local network, said in a statement that its crews would need to visit each of the 8,600 affected customers to shut off each gas meter and carry out a safety inspection.

Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield told reporters the explosions "looked like Armageddon, it really did", according to the Associated Press.

AN 18-YEAR-old man was killed and at least 12 others injured after a gas explosion sparked 70 blasts causing homes to go up in flames in MA last night.

First-responders continued to fight at least 50 fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

An 18-year-old man died when a chimney fell on his auto, and another 10 people were injured in the fires and explosions, which affected the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Thursday afternoon.

National Grid, the electricity provider in the three communities, shut off electric service to about 18,000 customers on Thursday night, as requested by emergency officials, and many remained without power on Friday. A middle school in North Andover and a senior center in Andover were set up for evacuees, according to state police.

Massachusetts State Police said around 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odour had been reported on Thursday, though by Friday afternoon officials said that all had been extinguished.

An 18-year-old man was in a auto in Lawrence in a driveway when a house exploded, the chimney landed on the vehicle and the victim was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, there are fears that the number of fires may rise, as police say the reports keep coming in.

Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston.

At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement, but it was unclear whether any of those individuals were among the patients treated in Lawrence, some of whom were later released.

When he ran downstairs and saw the boiler on fire, he quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out.

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Stoney urged residents to prepare now by gathering supplies, including nonperishable food, water, flashlights, and batteries. More powerful hurricanes also bring higher-than-average storm surges, which can destroy coastal property.

A man whose neighbourhood was among those affected said he ran into his basement to find the room was glowing. Minutes later, a loud boom came from his neighbor's home.

"I couldn't imagine if that was my house", he said.

Massachusetts State Police reported 39 incidents on the network in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Thursday.

Local police chief says 20-25 homes on fire in community near Boston.

It is unclear whether the people wounded in Andover are part of the group receiving care at Lawrence General Hospital. The state police said some neighborhoods were evacuated because of gas odors. Hours before the explosions, the company had unveiled plans to upgrade gas lines across MA, including in the areas where the blasts happened. It was not clear whether work was happening there Thursday, and a spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed and entire neighbourhoods evacuated after a series of sudden gas explosions north of Boston, in the U.S. state of MA.

Town officials in Andover are advising all residents and businesses to evacuate and to shut off their gas, if they know how to safely.

He said hundreds of gas technicians were going house-to-house to ensure each was safe, and declared a state of emergency for the affected area so the state could take over recovery efforts.

As pressure mounted Friday for gas company officials to provide answers about what happened, Sens.

Police Chief Joseph Solomon claimed there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

Firefighters battle a house fire in North Andover, Mass., one of a series of fires and explosions on Thursday thought to have been triggered by a gas line that feeds several communities north of Boston.

The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, described it as a "public safety event" in the early hours of Friday, but said officials were now "confident" there would be no further fires.

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